A whole lot of drama for the Canucks at the Saddledome today ahead of tonight’s key Game 4 with the Flames.
Alex Burrows left the optional pre-game skate in a hurry and required medical attention and was transferred by ambulance to hospital. The team announced number 14 had an upper body injury and would not play tonight. A Quebec report suggests Burr has a broken rib.
One man’s misfortune, allows another man opportunity.
The Canucks announced earlier in the day Sven Baertschi (pictured) has been called up from Utica.
Wow, could this be one of those sports Cinderella stories?
Sven was a first round pick of Calgary in 2011 and traded to Vancouver at the trade deadline, after Baertschi’s agent told the Flames his client would not re-sign when his contract expired at the end of the season. The ‘Nucks gave up a second round pick. The last place the Flambes wanted to send the player was to a division rival. Some of red faithful were afraid the deal could blow up in their faces.
With Burrows gone, regular season sniper Radim Vrbata who has an empty netter in the series should move up to play with Henrik and Daniel.
Baertschi has seven goals and eight assists in Utica. For him to thrive, he needs to be a top six forward, something he could not achieve with the Flames. Now he could be on the second line with Nick Bonino and Chris Higgins in an important game four for his new club.
Cue the inspirational come back music.
Although one report says Linden Vey will play. That ruins a good storey.
Let’s hope Sven is in.